Yoga… meditation… a free lunch… and a chance to begin the weekend a little bit earlier.

To mark this year’s National Employee Appreciation Day, Case Western Reserve’s leaders took a multi-pronged approach.

“With all of the challenges the pandemic has created over the past two years,” Vice President for Human Resources Carolyn Gregory said, “President Kaler and Provost Vinson were especially committed to recognizing staff contributions this spring. People across the university, and our partners at Bon Appetit, responded with energy and ingenuity.”

While the university’s 3,144 staff perform an extraordinary range of duties, they all make meaningful contributions to the campus community.

As President Eric W. Kaler explains in the above video: “We would not, and could not, be where we are without you.”

Today’s activities begin with a 10:30 a.m. Yoga Flow Class at One to One Fitness; staff can attend virtually or in person; they just need to register in advance.

Then at 11:30 a.m., University Wellness will host a half-hour gratitude meditation via Zoom; staff can register to get the link.

As for the midday meal, departments had discretion regarding how best to feed their team; some ordered boxed meals from Bon Appetit, others opted for more individualized approaches.

Meanwhile, staff with a CWRU ID can work out for free at One to One Fitness any time today—keeping in mind that the center closes at 9 p.m.

Finally, staff are encouraged to heed the advice Provost Vinson offered on screen: “…last, but not least, leave campus early and do something you love!” (Early dismissal for staff is at 3 p.m.)